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Crashers (Crashers #1)

3.76 of 5 stars 3.76  ·  rating details  ·  762 ratings  ·  197 reviews
Whenever a plane goes down in the U.S., a "Go Team" made up of experts is assembled by the NTSB to investigate. Those people - each of them a leading expert in a specific area - are known as informally as "Crashers."

When a passenger plane, a Vermeer One Eleven, slams into the ground outside Portland, Oregon, a team is quickly assembled to investigate the cause. Under the l
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Published June 22nd 2010 by Minotaur Books (first published 2010)
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Giovanni Gelati
I had seen this novel advertised on Goodreads and thought, why not, get a hold of it. I was not disappointed; this is a very good debut thriller from Dana Haynes. Crashers have to do with the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) and what they do after a plane crash. The Crashers are those that respond to the accident and reconstruct it so they can figure out what the cause was, and make sure the same thing does not happen in the future.
Dana Haynes puts together a very nice group of charac
The most laudable thing that can be said about Crashers is that it's fun. And it definitely is that -- lazy brain candy on a Saturday afternoon/Law and Order marathon sort of fun. It's fast-paced romp, with lots of action, a plot-twist or two and lots of beautiful, charismatic characters.

And that's where the praise ends. This reads like a script for a summer movie or a CSI "Special Episode." It is filled with an appropriately diverse cast (for some, unknown, reason the ethnic background of even
"Crashers" is a strong novel with solid characters dealing with the mysterious crash of a jumbo jetliner. The main characters are the "crashers" from the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB). After the plane plummets into the soil of the Oregon countryside, the reps from the NTSB quickly gather to reconstruct the flight and reasons for the disaster.

As the researchers dig deeper and deeper into the mystery, they soon begin to question whether the crash was due to pilot error or something
J Edward Tremlett
Flight 818 is dead - but what, or who, killed it? Getting the answer is the job of a quickly-assembled "Go team" - numerous experts from the National Transportation Safety Board who converge on the smoking ruins of the plane to secure the area, and come up with an answer so this can't happen again. But tensions are running high, and high-tech terrorists are circling the investigation....

Reading Crashers, it's hard to believe that it's Dana Hayes' first thriller. He's constructed a swift and rich
AHHH. So good! I have such a crush on Daria, shes such a badass! Lots of suspense and intrigue, a very solid debut thriller. Having read these in reverse order, I'm almost tempted to reread the other two back IN order...
Crashers by Dana Haynes is a book about airplane crash inspectors, those who go to the site of an airplane crash to work out why the crash occurred based upon the crash debris, black box, etc. I was excited to read this book, as the job of crash inspector has always greatly interested me, and the book is set in my home state of Oregon. However, I found most of the characters to be unlikeable and cardboard-like, and felt that a number of the plot twists were implausible. It was good to read from ...more
Alayne Bushey
A good thriller is one that keeps you anticipating the outcome up until the very last page; it’s one where you don’t know who will live or die, and who the bad guy is until the author tells you. Dana Haynes’ first thriller is one of the good ones. The only problem I have with it is that I’m done reading.

Crashers is about a group of investigators with the NTSB who are in charge of discovering why a plane has crashed every time one goes down. Fresh from quitting the group after an eighteen month i
Paul Pessolano
You have heard of "Party Crashers" and "Wedding Crashers", but how about just plain "Crashers".

Whenever a plane goes down in the United States, a "Go Team" made up of experts is assembled by the NTSB (National Transportation Safety Board) to investigate. Those people, each of them a leading expert in a specific field, are known informally as "Crashers".

A passenger plane slams into the ground outside of Portland, Oregon. The Vermeer One Eleven was piloted by an experienced crew that was strugglin
I am sure that a person with a professional understand of aeronautical investigations will see this book differently than I did, but what I can tell you is that Dana Haynes has written a book that has kept me engaged from beginning to end.

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) is called out to investigate the crash of a Vermeer passenger jet that had gone down minutes after leaving the Portland International Airport.

Each member of the Go-Team “Crashers” has their own individual special
4.0 out of 5 stars The job of a Crasher is not to save lives, but to "find out why an aircraft crashed."

I enjoyed this suspense thriller about a passenger plane crash in Portland, Oregon, and the investigation into the cause of it. When the NTSB's "Go-Team" comprised of a pathologist, voice recorder specialist, bomb and engineering experts assembles at the site of the downed plane and finds only a few survivors, they begin their painstaking and meticulous assessments and are quickly forced by ob
Evan Dickens
Dec 03, 2011 Evan Dickens rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of thrillers, especially Oregonians
Dana Haynes' first thriller novel is a really promising first step that ends in breathtaking fashion and is especially delightful for Oregon residents who will enjoy the real-life nature of most of the referenced locations.

Haynes details the deliberate crash-landing of a passenger aircraft and the subsequent investigation, and ultimately the terrorist plot that is uncovered. None of that is a spoiler; in fact, the art of the slow reveal may be something Haynes will yet master. He introduces the
Wise Lucas
Important: This is my first review of anykind.

This story is so bad that I felt compelled to write this review. It has been duly placed among the top 3 worst I have ever read. In fact, after 186 pages, I just can't read anymore and plan to throw it in the bin where it belongs. I've done that only one other time. Sincerely. A previous scathing review regarding aviation inaccuracies was dead-on (long-time private pilot here). The attitudes and attire-nuances of most of the female characters approac
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Kristin Lundgren
The first book in a series by new author Dana Haynes involving the NTSB people who descend on a crash site, to examine the evidence, take the plane apart, piece by piece, and determine what went wrong. This can take more than a year. Back on the team, for his expertise, is Tommy Tomzak, a pathologist who had quit the NTSB when the previous crash investigation where he was IIC, the in-charge investigator, never got answered. He happened to be in the area when the Vermeer One Eleven went down in O ...more
SETTING: Portland, Oregon

Whenever there is an airline crash, there is a huge team of investigators that jump into action to determine what happened. The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) is the group that is responsible for running the investigation unless the crash is found to be a terrorist act, in which case, the FBI takes over. Their job is to find out why an aircraft crashed and to make recommendations to keep other aircraft from suffering the same fate.
Have you ever wondered what the NTSB is and/or what it does? I did. I just finished the first book in a series by Portland, OR author Dana Haynes that answers many questions about the NTSB and its “Go Teams”. The book is CRASHERS (ISBN 978-0312544157, paperback, $9.99). “Crashers” is the nickname for the “Go Team”.

In this first of at least two books, we meet an NTSB “Go Team” as they investigate the crash of a commercial airplane south of Portland, near Wilsonville, OR. The controversial leader
Totally entertaining in an action movie kind of way, Crashers takes as its storyline the world of the NTSB teams that investigate airplane crashes. I've always been fascinated with this kind of investigation - all the experts gathering together to perform a post-mortem on the event to the most minute of details in hopes of preventing future crashes. The only other book that I've read with this as its subject matter is my favorite of Kathy Reichs' books, Fatal Voyage so I was very excited to read ...more
This is an exciting thriller. The characters are believable, the storyline is relatively original, and it is complex to remain fascinating throughout the whole book. There are enough twists to make the story interesting without being too confusing.

There are a lot of characters with their own points of view (at least twelve), but they are all memorable enough that I could easily remember and distinguish between them. There are the good guys, the bad guys, the good guys who act bad and play dirty
Though mystery genre is the mainstay of my fiction-reading life, I've read only two thrillers. But I knew as I sped through the first 129 pages of Dana Haynes new thriller, Crashers, that I would be the first in line to get his next!
Having read Haynes' three earlier mysteries, (written as Conrad Haynes) I already knew that the man writes well. But his genius is ability to flow from one exciting page to the next so that you are breathless wherever you pause. And Crashers is absolutely unputdownab
This was one of the worst books I have ever read. The author's obvious lack of aviation knowledge immediately turned me off. How the pilots communicate with the tower was wrong, the runway ID was wrong, how they fly the airplane was wrong, how the airplane works is wrong... you'd think he could at least get one thing right. He obviously didn't care about authenticity (I know it's a thriller but at least do some research): piloting & maintenance are different things, aircraft are measured in ...more
My intense fear of dying in a plane crash has given me a morbid fascination with reading books about it. It's not something I'm proud of - and I'm not sure why I do it - but I guess it gives me some feeling of control over the phobia.

Crashers is a decent thriller. The 'crashers' referred to in the title are a elite team put together by the NTSB to investigate each time a plane goes down in the United States. This time, they've assembled to probe the crash of a Vermeer One Eleven, crashed deliber
Crashers by Dana Hayes is two stories in one. The first revolves around the NTSB investigation of a plane crash in rural Oregon. The investigation initially points at pilot error as the cause of the crash, but is it really? The second involves an Irish Protestant terrorist group in California, with a female former Mossad agent thrown in. Naturally, both of these stories eventually intersect. [return][return]Written with as much action as an episode of “24” the book was fast-paced and hard to put ...more
If Crashers tried a little less earnestly to be serious fiction, and let itself slide a bit more into escapist action-adventure, I think that I (and other readers) would have had an easier time swallowing it. The premise is interesting: follow a team of investigators as they analyze a horrific airplane crash. It's like C.S.I. for aircraft, and there are (unfortunately--and graphically) more bodies involved. I actually liked that Haynes didn't sugarcoat the horror of what happens when something t ...more
Stephanie Griffin
A thriller that will keep you turning the pages, CRASHERS, the new novel by Oregon author Dana Haynes, follows NTSB investigators as they try to solve the cause of an airplane crash just minutes after it leaves the Portland International Airport.
This book is great for the arm-chair detective as the FBI becomes involved in the investigation after it is determined that the plane was sabotaged, because one of them may be a mole. There is plenty of technical jargon for geeks and Haynes does a good j
Robert Starner
A fairly well paced suspense read with several plot twists lurking around the corners. A clever storyline that follows a group of investigators of the National Transportation Safety Board as they search for the cause of crash of commercial airliner. The tension that builds to the first crash and its description is harrowing and very quick at the start of the book. The descriptions of the crash site and the damages and deaths are very graphic so beware ... they are distressing to read at times. S ...more
I would have given this book a four or five but it had more swearing and risque language than I like. Otherwise I loved the book. For those who like to know how things, like an airplane, are investigated this is a great book. I loved the suspense and intrigue. You want to hit the bad guys and tell the good guys hey it was this guy he did it.
You are wondering if they are going to figure it out or is the guy going to get away with it a second time. You love the crashers, the team working to figur
Randy Schultz
A number of years ago I stumbled across a pretty good author named John J. Nance. John wrote aeronautically themed thrillers that were and are quite exceptional. A little noirish but very readable stuff. Along comes Dana Haynes and Crashers. Written in the Nance vein but I have to say, in a lot if ways, far far better. One of the hardest things an author can do is write a thriller with 20 or 30 major characters and make it seem like you both know them, remember them and never doubt the need for ...more
Lynn Pribus
Definitely a blueprint for a Grade B thriller. The politically correct cast of characters: the boss is a female Asian, the lead pilot is African American, there's the gorgeous petite female Mossad agent, the tall white gal, the recalcitrant pathologist, an FBI agent, even a Brit and the terrorists are not mid-Eastern, but Irish.

The writing is a step above the usual for this sort of potboiler which is why it gets three stars. The plot, however, progresses from far-fetched to preposterous. Landing
Ok this book was a waste of my time. I kept thinking it was going to get better but it didnt. At the climax of the story I kept skipping paragraphs and it still made sense but was confusing. Actually the entire book was confusing, mostly filled up with explanations of flight and aviation terms and stuff. In my opinion the characters were all very alike in the fact that 99% of them were athletic, attractive, had a likable personality, and were intelligent. The only person that wasn't like tht was ...more
I wouldn't ordinarily be drawn to this book because it is a thriller, but wanted to read it because I am friends with the author. Wow. I really enjoyed it! It was suspenseful, funny, the point of causing me to considering picking up other thrillers.

I started reading it one night before going to sleep. When I woke up the next morning, it was with a vague sense of doom. As I woke up more, I remembered the main character in the book and was worried about him! Then I realized the se
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